I have a question about Christanity and some of the so called Christians of this community. Why is it certain members of the Mosonic Lodge controls the churches in Petersburg. If we followed the scriptures they shouldnt even be allowed in the front doors of any church except maybe the 1st Church of Satan. They choke the life right out of this community, control the city, many of them have city jobs, which includes the Petersburg Police Department, and the so called court system. But that is a diffrent story the Petersburg Police Department and our great Court system is an abomination against God and Man and the tax payers are actually paying these perverts of justice wages
Have you examined the material available on the website (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemasonry)? Does any of this information resemble what you've heard about the Masonic lodges in your area?
Although I've read about the more recent organization of the Freemasons (circa 1700), there are other sources I've read which place the history further back in time (say Middle Ages). There existed Guilds, representing tradesmen in different major areas of talents (e.g. masons, cobblers, textiles, etc.). Secrets of trades were not easily shared, as jobs were treasured and employment often chancy. Some of these Guild developed rituals - often without regard for church-related prohibitions.
I've seen no supporting evidence as to the extent, today, that member obligations and penalties for transgression (e.g. divulging ceremonial or trade secrets) have survived. It's possible, that although the seriousness of the penalties have lost their importance, some have retained their jealousy for lodge dominance (thereby squeezing out competition).